Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Academics: I am changing majors, so I cannot really answer this regarding my new major of Hospitality Management. I do not start taking classes for that major till next semester.

3 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors have been great so far. They have all been the best teachers I have ever had. However, registration is the biggest headache in the world. It is very stressful to register for classes, because a lot of the important classes fill up quickly. I also feel like a majority of the advisors are not very helpful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I do not have any issues with the campus strictness. I feel safe on campus, and I feel like the rules are fair.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love supporting all of our sport teams, and I think a majority of the student body would a agree with me. I think as a whole, we have great school spirit. When it comes to sports, we really do become a family and support each other. I also feel like we support everyone on and off the field. The atmosphere is great around sports.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: For general parking it can be very hard to find spots. Sometimes this results in having to part very far away and having to walk a very long distance to your destination. The garage spots are very pricey, but they might be worth it for spot security.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you are smart enough for honors housing, your expereince will be great. A few others such as patterson and capstone are decent. Many of them however, (ex. Bates, Mcbryde, and Columbia Hall) are complete dumps. I lived in Columbia Hall my freshman year. Almost everyone there are fratty douches, the rooms are small, the RM's are mean, the hallways smell, cops show up several times a week to bust people for weed/alchohol, it was impossible to study because people scream/party until 3am every night. Basically I got a small picture of what Hell is like.

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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Almost everyone here is a huge partier. It's close to impossible to find people who are actually here to get an education instead of getting wasted 3-5 times a week. It disgusts me at times and at other times I just feel bad for their hopeless futures.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: USC may appear to have low tuition, but they deceive you by giving hardly any scholarships. I got a 2160 on the SAT and was offered $500 a semester. Ridiculous.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you live off campus, you may not even need a car as most everything is within short walking distance. However, if you live off campus, as most upperclassmen do, you will need to get a parking pass. You can either pay $200-$300 a smester to be guaranteed a spot in a garage or you can pay $80 to get a pass for a lot. But the lots are almost always full. Parking anywhere downtown also cost money.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather at USC is hard to beat. I've spoken to several students that use the weather as a big reason why they attend the school. Summers get a little hot, but fall and spring are hard to beat.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many students get involved right away when they enter USC. Involvement is very big on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: The work load gets more difficult as you progress through the degree, but never unmanageable. The professors are great, many have worked in the industry for several years before switching into academics. The new business school will be opened next fall and the facilities are going to be world class which is very exciting! Internships are very easily accessible with USC's JobMate.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a wide range of opportunities in terms of degrees offered. The classes are generally taught well and professors mostly have the students' best interests in mind.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The business school and international business program are the most popular campus. Registration is a pain, but athletics and honors get to register early.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The biology program is okay...most of the students here are on track for Medical school, and research is heavily emphasized. It's relatively easy to get into a lab, as long as you start early. The work load is decent, be prepared to do homework!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The university tries to keep control of underage drinking, but it's difficult to do on such a large campus. RMs walk the halls at Midnight and 2 am to regulate noise levels and just to check on general activities in the common rooms. Generally, the halls are pretty lenient, but it also does vary from hall to hall.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The west end of campus is across the street from about 5-10 restaurants! It's great! There's Italian, Fro-Yo, Pizza, Mediterranean, Indian, and Moe's! And the Vista and 5 points are great places for foodies (like me) to hang out!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid is relatively easy to get, but if you have parents who work for living, good luck getting anything but loans.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The permit costs aren't too bad, but if you don't drive often it might not be worth it to actually bring your car. You definitely don't need a car on campus, but if you do want to leave campus, you'll need a car to get around. However, there ARE grocery stores and a CVS within walking distance of campus (they're just a long walk away!). Parking spaces can be difficult to find, and may be in obscure places around campus...just warning you. You're never guaranteed a space!

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The business school is really good! Not quite so positive for physics, chemistry or math in general.
They're re-doing a bunch of the dorms (esp. the Women's quad), so those dorms will be really nice.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is huge and really helpful!
The campus is also really green and has trees everywhere! It's absolutely beautiful!
The athletic teams are generally really good, and students get free tickets, so it's easy and fun to go to the sporting events. BTW--dress up for football! Dresses, boots and pearls, ladies!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is decent, but you can get tired of eating the same food. Luckily there are some chains located upstairs in Russell House, like Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut and Fresh Burger. Oh, and there are Starbuck's and Einstein's Brothers Bagels everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus isn't as large as you would assume when you first step on campus--there are only about 20% minority students here. People are generally accepting of others, and the international students are totally open to discussing their culture and sharing stories--we just had International Week last week and all the different student groups had tables on Greene street and were willing to talk about their culture (and often had free food!).

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of computers on campus, but sometimes it's a hassle to actually get one, especially in the library during the week. Bringing your own computer and/or printer is the smart thing to do! Oh--and printing costs 10 cents a page for black and white...so bring your own printer, or pray that all of your classes use technology.


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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